Among all the controversial media coverage on energy gum, energy drinks, and now energy shots, it is not surprising why these products continue to literally fuel society and what is now known as the Energy Drink Revolution. Now 13 deaths have been reported to the FDA amid a total of 92 reportsof those who had adverse effects as a direct result from consuming the very popular energy shot known as- 5-hour energy.
5-hour energy is currently categorized and sold as strictly a “nutritional supplement”, however per FDA requirement- the energy shot maker (Living Essentials LLC) is obligated to report any known conflicts of safety regarding their products. However, the company has claimed that the reports provide no proof that 5-hour energy shots have caused or been associated with the illnesses or deaths while stating the following comments:
“It is important to note that, while those who voluntarily report an illness or injury … typically identify the product that they assume caused the injury or illness, FDA as a scientific public health agency must carefully investigate and evaluate all possible causes before deciding whether the product actually caused the medical problem.”
There has been a substantial increase in the number of fatalities associated with popular energy beverages such as Monster Energy and Red Bull that have sparked the FDA to conduct investigations on the safety of consuming these types of drinks and nutritional supplements.
If the popular 5-hour energy shots were removed from the market, it would only be in lieu of individuals not using the product as directed on the label. As Living Essentials also remarks:
“We are taking these recent reports that question our product’s safety very serious, and when used properly as directed on the label our product can be consumed safely to provide one with an extra boost of energy.””
The 5-Hour Energy label and the product’s web site spell out proper use:
- Drink no more than two bottles of 5-Hour Energy a day, spaced several hours apart.
- People trying 5-Hour Energy for the first time should try half a bottle and wait 10 minutes before drinking the rest.
- People sensitive to caffeine should talk to their doctor before using it.
- Throw out any unused product within 72 hours of opening the bottle.
- Consult a Physician before using any 5-hour nutritional supplements
In addition, Living Essentials LLC also emphasizes that their energy shots do not consist of any harmful herbal stimulants. Each shot serving is caffeinated with the same amount of caffeine percentage as a typical cup of coffee. High doses of caffeine can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. High doses can also trigger seizures and unstable heart rhythm.